Dan Blocker’s Nickey Vinegaroon (Genie Mk10) is a meticulously restored and completely documented 1960’s USRRC / Can-Am sports racing car. The car was originally built by Joe Huffaker in 1965 for Dan Blocker Racing and driven by John Cannon in the 1965 and 1966 USRRC and Canadian sports car series. After finishing 2nd in the 1965 Nassau Tourist Trophy race, the car won the 1966 season opening Las Vegas Stardust Grand Prix USRRC race.
The primary sponsor of the car was Nickey Chevrolet. In mid 1966, Bob Harris, a noted Hollywood stunt man, took over the Vinegaroon driving duties. The car was campaigned in the remaining USRRC races that year and participated in the inaugural Can-Am season in the fall of 1966. Its best Can-Am finish was 11th at the Stardust finale. The car passed through three owners before being discovered in the late 1980’s by Floyd Sable of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
After an eight year restoration, the car made its vintage racing debut in 1998 at Road America. Sable sold the Vinegaroon to Tom Stephani in November of 2002. Stephani is the son of one of the original owners of Nickey Chevrolet. From 2003 to the present, Stephani has run the car in significant vintage events at tracks such as Road America, Mt. Tremblant, Watkins Glen, Sebring, Mosport, VIR, Mid-Ohio, and the prestigious Monterey Historics.
- Road America BRIC – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
- Monterey Historics – 2008
- Sebring HSR – 2005
- VIR Gold Cup – 2006
- Watkins Glen Zippo Historics – 2006
- Mosport – 2006, 2008 (Can-Am Reunion)
- Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant – 2007
- Pacific Raceways – 2009
- Historic Can-Am Award – 2005 Road America
- Pole Winner – 40th Can-Am @ Road America & Watkins Glen Can-Am Reunion
- Winner – Elkhart Lake Road & Track Concours
- Amelia Island Concours – 2006
- Chevy Vettefest – 2006
- Watkins Glen Research Center Display – 2007
- California Auto Museum – Sacramento 2008 – 2009